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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Birmingham: Michael Chapman, Mike Heron, Trembling Bells, Ed Askew & Matt Woosey

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Michael Chapman
The Kitchen Garden Café
August 7, 2017

This intimate venue in the Kings Heath suburb of Birmingham was packed to capacity for an appearance by one of ye olde folk legends of England. Singer and guitarist Michael Chapman is now in his 76th year, originally sprouting in Leeds, ...

Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders: Garcia Live Volume Six: Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders July 5 1973, Lion's Share

Read "Garcia Live Volume Six: Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders July 5 1973, Lion's Share" reviewed by Doug Collette

A cursory review of Garcia Live Volume Six reveals much that's familiar about such titles including personnel (keyboardist/vocalist Merl Saunders, bassist John Kahn and drummer Bill Vitt) and material ("I Second That Emotion," “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"). But a closer perusal uncovers elements that make July 5, 1973 Lion's Share a distinctive entry ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Warren Haynes and the Ashes and Dust Band at the Ogden Theater

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Warren Haynes and the Ashes and Dust Band
Ogden Theater
Denver, CO
April 1, 2016

Warren Haynes' musical journey continues. Is he on a quest? Certainly he's not looking for a specific “musical identity." The whole point of the journey seems to be covering as much musical territory as possible in ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Il fascino sostenibile della leggerezza #2

Read "Il fascino sostenibile della leggerezza #2" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

In poche parole ci riproviamo: a tagliare una seconda volta in orizzontale, grosso modo a distanza di un semestre, una fetta di produzione discografica, a conti fatti dischi arrivati nell'ultimo paio di mesi (ma in due o tre casi usciti in precedenza), per soppesare quanto il titolo di quel primo “sopralluogo" (a tesi) (clicca qui per ...

Scott Ellison: Elevator Man

Read "Elevator Man" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Tulsa, Oklahoma-native Scott Ellison looks like an accountant (not unlike fellow blues musician George Taylor), sings a bit like a dustbowl Howlin' Wolf and plays guitar like Old Scratch from the corner of Highways 49 and 61. Dusty Oklahoma is the home of many fine musicians not the least of whom include Leon Russell, J.J. Cale, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Penang Island Jazz Festival 2012

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9th Penang Island Jazz Festival
Bayview Hotel
Penang, Malaysia
November 29--December 2, 2012

From pickup at the airport at 10.30pm to personal send-off five days later at 4.00am, Paul Augustin, the Director of the Penang Island Jazz Festival, is what you could call the perfect host. It's this personal touch--instilled in the festival staff's ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Alvin Lee still on the Road to Freedom

Alvin Lee still on the Road to Freedom

More than four decades have passed since Alvin Lee stood front and center at the famed Woodstock festival with his band Ten Years After and told half million or so fans, “I’m Going Home . . . by helicopter.” Forty-three years later, Alvin Lee hasn’t arrived at his destination yet, as the title of his new solo ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings Collector’s Edition Box Set

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Bill Wyman

Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings Collector's Edition Box Set

Proper American

2011

From all accounts, founding member Bill Wyman resigned from the Rolling Stones in 1992 because he was weary of the frantic pace of life as bassist for “The World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band."

Wyman's bass ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Larry Carlton / Tak Matsumoto: Take Your Pick

Read "Take Your Pick" reviewed by John Kelman

It's a shame that artists' careers are reduced to oversimplifications of who they are and what they're capable of. Guitarist Larry Carlton, for example--despite releasing kick-ass blues-centric records like Sapphire Blue (Bluebird, 2004) and, more recently, the exciting yet unfailingly tasty Live in Tokyo (335 Records, 2007), not to mention delivering iconic solos on Steely Dan ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton: The Road to Escondido

Read "The Road to Escondido" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Road to Escondido was originally conceived as a project whereby Cale would produce an album of Slowhand's. However, it ended up being an ostensible collaboration between the two, the end result of which will benefit Cale more than Clapton.

The prominence of the latter's name in the artist credits ensures a visibility for the album ...